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Individual, Men

Date11 February 2006
StatusOlympic
LocationStadio del Trampolino, Pragelato Plan / Pragelato
Participants50 from 15 countries
FormatNormal hill ski jumping and 15 kilometres skiing. Pursuit-style cross-country race, with skiers leaving in order of their finish in the ski jumping, so that final placement determined by final placement in cross-country ski race.

Since the 2002 Winter Olympics, Germany’s Ronny Ackermann had won six medals at the World Championships, including the individual title in 2003 and 2005, and won three titles at the Holmenkollen Ski Festival. At Salt Lake City, he had won a silver medal in the sprint and the team event. But disaster struck on his first jump in Torino, landing at only 92.5 metres, 10½ less than Norway’s leader Petter Tande, and Ackermann stood 25.5 points behind. His second jump was little better, and he finished the jumping tied for 26th, 49 points, and 3:16 behind his teammate, Georg Hettich. Tande, the 2005 World Junior Champion, was in second after the second jump, starting two seconds behind Hettich in the 15 km. The other favorite was thought to be Finland’s Hannu Manninen, who had only medaled at the World Championships in the team event, but was the World Cup champion in 2003-04, 2004-05, and was leading in the current season. He placed eighth on the hill, and was 1:38 back starting the 15 km.

In the ski race, Hettich maintained his lead throughout, winning by 9.8 seconds over Austrian Felix Gottwald, who had placed 11th in the jumping, but was second in the skiing. Tande struggled in the cross-country, finishing only 22nd in that section, and dropping out of the medals, finishing fourth, passed by Austrian Felix Gottwald. He was passed by his teammate, Magnus Moan, who had been ninth in the jumping, but had the third-best ski time, which brought him onto the podium. Moan would place second in the World Cup in 2005-06 and 2006-07. Ackermann had a horrible event, placing 15th in skiing, and 18th overall, but he would again win the World Championships in 2007 and the World Cup in 2007-08. The other favorite, Manninen, finished only 14th in the 15 km, and dropped down to ninth place, even out of the diplomas.

PosSkierNOCMarginNormal Hill15 km
1Georg HettichGER262.5 (1)39:44.6 (18)Gold
2Felix GottwaldAUT+9.8234.5 (11)38:02.4 (2)Silver
3Magnus MoanNOR+16.2237.5 (9)38:20.8 (3)Bronze
4Petter TandeNOR+16.3262.0 (2)39:58.9 (22)
5Jaakko TallusFIN+17.3257.0 (=3)39:39.9 (13)
6Sebastian HaseneyGER+51.1212.5 (28)37:15.7 (1)
7Björn KircheisenGER+1:10.5224.0 (16)38:21.1 (4)
8Todd LodwickUSA+1:12.0232.0 (13)38:54.6 (6)
9Hannu ManninenFIN+1:35.6238.0 (8)39:42.2 (14)
10Sergey MaslennikovRUS+1:45.6251.0 (=5)40:44.2 (30)
11Jason Lamy-ChappuisFRA+1:49.4257.0 (=3)41:12.0 (37)
12Michael GruberAUT+2:03.3248.5 (7)40:51.9 (34)
13Christoph BielerAUT+2:06.7251.0 (=5)41:05.3 (36)
14Giuseppe MichielliITA+2:20.9219.5 (21)39:13.5 (7)
15Bill DemongUSA+2:23.9220.0 (=19)39:18.5 (8)
16Norihito KobayashiJPN+2:38.5217.0 (=23)39:21.1 (9)
17Antti KuismaFIN+2:49.2217.5 (22)39:33.8 (12)
18Ronny AckermannGER+3:14.3213.5 (=26)39:42.9 (15)
19Mario StecherAUT+3:14.6223.0 (17)40:21.2 (25)
20Håvard KlemetsenNOR+3:15.9229.0 (15)40:46.5 (31)
21Pavel ChuravýCZE+3:29.6210.0 (31)39:44.2 (17)
22Seppi HurschlerSUI+3:33.8211.0 (30)39:52.4 (20)
23Andreas HurschlerSUI+3:37.3193.5 (39)38:45.9 (5)
24Ronny HeerSUI+3:42.4213.5 (=26)40:11.0 (23)
25Anssi KoivurantaFIN+3:52.7220.5 (18)40:49.3 (32)
26Ludovic RouxFRA+3:58.0211.5 (29)40:18.6 (24)
27Ivan RiederSUI+4:14.0230.0 (14)41:48.6 (39)
28Ivan FesenkoRUS+4:16.7215.0 (25)40:51.3 (33)
29Aleksey BarannikovRUS+4:35.7194.0 (=37)39:46.3 (19)
30Johnny SpillaneUSA+4:43.0220.0 (=19)41:37.6 (38)
31Nicolas BalFRA+4:44.3188.5 (=42)39:32.9 (11)
32Yosuke HatakeyamaJPN+4:45.2235.0 (10)42:39.8 (45)
33Tambet PikkorEST+4:55.3188.5 (=42)39:43.9 (16)
34Jochen StroblITA+4:57.7190.5 (41)39:54.3 (21)
35Kristian HammerNOR+5:06.2183.0 (44)39:32.8 (10)
36Ladislav RyglCZE+5:14.1198.0 (34)40:40.7 (27)
37Tomáš SlavíkCZE+5:14.8196.5 (=35)40:35.4 (26)
38Brett CamerotaUSA+5:15.0203.5 (33)41:03.6 (35)
39Daniele MunariITA+5:21.7196.5 (=35)40:42.3 (29)
40Damjan VtičSLO+5:52.3217.0 (=23)42:34.9 (43)
41Jason MyslickiCAN+6:36.4207.5 (32)42:41.0 (46)
42François BraudFRA+7:17.7194.0 (=37)42:28.3 (42)
43Takashi KitamuraJPN+7:32.7192.5 (40)42:37.3 (44)
44Max ThompsonCAN+8:13.2171.5 (46)41:53.8 (40)
45Serhiy DiachukUKR+8:23.5151.0 (48)40:42.1 (28)
46Alessandro PittinITA+9:05.6161.5 (47)42:06.2 (41)
47Patrik ChlumCZE+10:19.3182.5 (45)44:43.9 (48)
48Volodymyr TrachukUKR+12:10.6140.0 (49)43:45.2 (47)
ACDaito TakahashiJPN233.5 (12)– (DNS)DNF
ACDmitry MatveyevRUS– (AC)DNF